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Toby Keith Bringing His Ornery Self To Foxwoods

At 56, country singer Toby Keith is now something of an elder statesman in the world of country music. He had his days as a young rebel who was dismissed by the old-timers as not being country enough, but now, in the age of hip-hop country, he sounds a little like a piece of history himself. He’s...

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  • Gringo Star At Cafe 9

    Gringo Star At Cafe 9

    Gringo Star plays pleasingly droopy psychedelic-leaning indie-rock. Lush and wobbly string sounds wiggle behind and in front of the vocals on “Easy” from their forthcoming record “Back to the City.” More Upcoming Concerts » Fans of My Morning Jacket, Devendra Banhart and the Black Lips might find...

  • A Bolder Rodney Crowell Stopping Infinity Hall Norfolk

    A Bolder Rodney Crowell Stopping Infinity Hall Norfolk

    There’s something wonderfully bold about the approach Rodney Crowell took to his new album “Acoustic Classics,” which came out in July. Crowell, who’s been writing songs for other people (and for himself) for decades, took a batch of older material, some of which had been successfully recorded...

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  • Violin Master Jean-Luc Ponty At The Warehouse

    Violin Master Jean-Luc Ponty At The Warehouse

    French violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty has collaborated with a number of virtuosic and complex American music makers. He’s played with Frank Zappa, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea. That gives you a pretty good sense of where Ponty’s music sits, in the realm of progressive jazz-rock...

      • Hike To The Mic: Making Music And Memories At The Top Of Talcott Mountain

        Hike To The Mic: Making Music And Memories At The Top Of Talcott Mountain

        For the KC Sisters, the third annual Hike to the Mic — two days of more than two dozen local bands playing at the top of Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury — is as much about memories as it is music. “We’ve hiked up there so many times over the years and it’s just a wonderful place,” KC Sister...

          • Recently Announced Concerts: Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Lil Baby

            Recently Announced Concerts: Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Lil Baby

            The Avett Brothers ($35-$75) play UConn’s Jorgensen Music Hall in Storrs on Oct. 23. jorgensen.uconn.edu. Joan Baez performs songs off her new album “Whistle Down The Wind” at the Shubert Theater in New Haven on Sept. 12. shubert.com. Lil Baby ($35) plays Toad’s Place in New Haven on Sept. 2, followed...

            • Free WimBash Fest At Elm City's Veterans Memorial Park

              Free WimBash Fest At Elm City's Veterans Memorial Park

              Doug Wimbish is a Connecticut musical treasure. People know him primarily for his role in the band Living Colour, but the Hartford-born Wimbish left his mark on innovative rhythmic-centric music long before anyone had heard of “Cult of Personality.” Wimbish played on some legendary early rap records...

                • 311, Offspring Bring The '90s To Xfinity Theatre

                  311, Offspring Bring The '90s To Xfinity Theatre

                  The ‘90s remain strange in the rearview mirror, even as the era calcifies into ancient history. Some of the music and styles remained with us all along, and some have been jump-started and rolled out as retro revivals. The bands 311 and the Offspring weren’t exactly playing kindred sounds at the...

                  • Skate-Punkers Agent Orange Coming To Cafe Nine

                    Skate-Punkers Agent Orange Coming To Cafe Nine

                    Southern California skate-punk progenitors Agent Orange blended melody, aggression and riffage with surf rock and classic beach pop. The spirit of DIY punk was always about being original, and Agent Orange stayed true to that. The band mastered taking classic old songs and punking them up. Listen...

                    • All Time Low To Play Oakdale

                      All Time Low To Play Oakdale

                      ‘Everything is fine and nothing matters anyway,” goes the refrain on All Time Low’s recent single. It’s an understandable sentiment, and though the song might signal a stylized indifference, it’s actually filled with news-fatigue and anxiety about the state of the world, with “a monster on the...

                      • Warren G At Infinity Hall

                        Warren G At Infinity Hall

                        Warren G is a name that is equated with G-Funk, the genre of post-gangsta rap that drew on classic funk, injecting a suave glassy-eyed mellowness into a sound that had been more boisterous and aggressive. Warren G went to elementary school with Snoop Dogg. He rolled with Nate Dogg in the parks...

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